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Covenant Relationships

written by Asher Intrater
May 05, 2012

Our approach to life and ministry is based on covenantal relationships. God is a God of love. Therefore relationships are of highest priority. Covenant is the framework to build relationships of trust. In fact the Bible itself is a covenant document.

Since we have a covenant with God, our relationships with one another should be based on covenantal-type principles. Two primary principles of covenant are loyalty toward our friends and integrity in our actions. Biblical values of covenant include right attitudes toward authority and order. (These principles are summarized in the book Covenant Relationships.)

Part of covenantal values is to learn to communicate in a way in which our words build trust. We “speak the truth in love” – Ephesians 4:15; making sure that every word “is good for edification” – Ephesians 4:29; without any gossip at all. “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother ” – Matthew 18:15. This type of covenantal dialogue is designed to preserve friendship and protect us from hurting one another.

Our purpose is not to make projects but to build up people. We place a higher value on character than upon charisma. The kingdom of God is a network of friendships. The final goal of discipleship is to be friends. John 15:15 – “No longer do I call you servants… but friends.” People come before projects.

Covenant is to be committed to life-long relationships. We are committed to building those kinds of friendships; therefore we invest much time to developing teamwork relationships in every ministry project. At the end of a lifetime of serving the kingdom of God, we should share the fruit of overlapping circles of friends who will go with us on into eternity.

Asher serves as president of Tikkun Global family of ministries and congregations, dedicated to the dual restoration of Israel and the Church. He is founder of the Revive Israel five-fold ministry team, and oversees both Ahavat Yeshua and Tiferet Yeshua congregations in Israel.

He and his wife Betty share a passion for personal prayer and devotion, local evangelism and discipleship in Hebrew, and unity of the Body of believers worldwide.

Asher was raised in a conservative Jewish home and holds degrees from Harvard University, Baltimore Hebrew College and Messiah Biblical Institute. He has authored numerous books, tracts and articles.

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